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Mar 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
the malfunction. >>> tepco's spokespersons say radiation levels around fukushima daiichi have not changed and say the system's mechanism that cools the melted fuel in reactors one, two and three has not been affected. >>> researchers in japan have come up with a tool that could help people in many countries reduce the risk of a leading cause of death. they've created a formula to calculate the chances of having a stroke. all people have to do is answer seven questions. fujita health university professor hiroshi yatsuya and his colleagues studied 15,000 men and women across japan. they looked at their daily habits and health data. then they came up with seven factors linked to strokes, such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, and blood pressure. using these factors, people in their 40s to 60s can determine the possibility they'll have a stroke in the next decade. they can also find out the condition of their blood vessels. for example, a 50-year-old diabetic male smoker with other health problems faces a risk of 12% to 15% and he has the blood vessels of an 85-year-old. professor yatsuya says he hopes
KCSMMHZ
Mar 7, 2013 6:00am PST
series "china, change and challenge." james tengan reports for us. the npc has wrapped up its third day and there are indications the incoming government will be different from those of the past. are you seeing any indications? >> reporter: yes, gene, delegates inside the great hall of the people are talking behind closed doors, but elsewhere in beijing we are seeing signs of how things are already changing under the incoming regime. business as usual in beijing, even with the biggest political event of the year under way. but unlike past years, you can't tell congress is in session just by looking around. when i was here last november, this area was full of flowers and decorations for the national party congress, but all that pomp and circumstance are gone, except for that red sign over there which says, long live the people and long live the chinese communist party. authorities usually put traffic restrictions in place on the main avenue running across beijing. that made it easier for delegates to get around, but this year those restrictions don't seem to be in effect. npc's standing
KCSMMHZ
Mar 1, 2013 6:00am PST
counter the country's past stance but the prime minister says things are changing. >> translator: joining the new production system will help secure the stable purchase of this jet. >> reporter: his chief cabinet secretary said the change will benefit japan in many ways. >> translator: the participation in the production of the f-35 will nurture, maintain and enhance the technological expertise in defense equipment production. therefore, it will greatly contribute to japan's defense. >> reporter: japanese lawmakers brought in something called the three principles on arms experts in the 1960s. they essentially banned weapons exports to communist bloc nations, countries subjected to arms export embargoes under u.n. security council resolutions, and countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts. exporting arms parts or technology to make arms was also in principle prohibited. some exceptions were made over the years for the united states. in 2011, prime minister yoshihiko noda effectively relaxed the three principles and allowed the joint development and transfer
KCSMMHZ
Mar 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
to exert within the government. but one expert suggests that china's approach to leadership is changing along with the names of the people at the top. >> i think the emerging leadership will be more group leadership, rather than the leadership dominated by a charismatic leader. so i would not differentiate xi jinping and li keqiang. >> reporter: on the political front, the public is intense its demands for freedom of expression. there have also been mass protests against pollution, inequality and corruption. former premier wen often called for political reform, but the issue remained on the back burner during his time in office. li must provide a direction to address this pressing issue. however, he says that if li tries to push through reforms, he will face an uphill battle. >> whether or not a new administration or a new leadership can implement these reforms is very difficult to tell because there will be a lot of resistance to this. business leaders within china's communist party might act as the obstacle to the reform because their interest has to be preserved. >> reporter: li will
KCSMMHZ
Mar 8, 2013 6:00am PST
supports the latest u.n. sanction. james tengan is in beijing covering our series china, change and challenge. james, how is the story on the korean peninsula playing occupant there? >> reporter: yes, gene. li keqiang and xi jinping are expected to be confirmed as vice premier and president at next week's national people congress. chinese government officials are trying to show they are doing what they can to keep the peace. a foreign ministry spokesperson appealed to leaders in north and south korea to let cooler heads >>> china is north korea's biggest ally but it too supports the latest u.n. sanction. the country is in the process of a leadership transition. james tengan is in beijing covering developments as part of our series, "china, change and challenge." james, how is the story on the korean peninsula playing out there? >> reporter: yes, gene. xi jinping and li keqiang are expected to be confirmed as china's president and vice premier next week at the national people's congress. it looks like the situation on the korean peninsula will be their first major foreign policy
KCSMMHZ
Mar 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
impossible. i told local officials they better change their plan and move it outside of okinawa. my view remains unchanged. >> they will decide in the next eight months to whether to approve the application. prime minister shinzo abe promised president barack obama last month he would see to the quick relocation. here are the latest market figures. >>> a group of victims of one of the biggest food poiseenning cases ever in japan have received disapointing news. they have been trying to get compensation, but too many years have passed since the poisoning occurred. >> this woman has suffered from asthma and joint pain for several decades. she is a plaintiff in a case against a japanese company. >> translator: the taints cooking oil ruined all my dreams. >> it is one of the biggest food poisoning cases. a company produced cooking oil in the 1960s. the oil was tainted with toxic substances, including with pcps. symptoms of this vary and take time to pinpoint. thousands of people complained of health problems. from skin disorders to numbness in their limbs. >> a woman here says she took a tes
KCSMMHZ
Mar 12, 2013 6:00am PDT
programs. >> north korea will have to change course. otherwise the united states will continue to work with its allies and partners to tighten national/international sanctions. >> the sanctions will block the foreign trade bank of north korea from engaging in transactions with u.s. financial institutions. members of president barack obama's administration also placed restrictions on four senior officials of the korean workers party. they're expected to ask their allies in japan, south korea, and other countries to take similar measures. some members of congress are urging the president to review his north korea policy. obama is expected to ask officials in beijing to use their influence in dealing with pyongyang. >>> japanese researchers have claimed the world's first in the field of alternative energy. they've successfully extracted natural gas from methane hydrate that lies in the sea bed. officials with the natural resources and energy say engineers extracted the gas from the frozen substance earlier tuesday. they've been drilling for methane hydrate hundreds of meters below japan's
KCSMMHZ
Mar 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
in a decade change of leadership. mitchitaka yamaka reports. >> translator: china's dream must be realized with the power of a united people. that's the dream of each and every chinese. >> reporter: xi used the phrase "china's dream" nine times in the speech. at the end of the congress. the new president pledged efforts to improve people's lives and lead a national renaissance. a strong china is part of that dream. a point driven home by the incoming premier. he spoke to the media saying china will maintain its uncompromising strength of sovereignty and territorial rights. >> translator: china is firmly determined to follow the path of peaceful development. at the same time, china's position of defending its sovereignty and territory is unwavering. china will never bend these two principles. >> reporter: one of the new leaders did not speak, but his appointment has attracted much attention. he is vice president li yuanchao. li was a close aide to former president hu jintao. both men rose to power through the communist youth league. observers say he was grooming li for a spot in the politbu
KCSMMHZ
Mar 21, 2013 6:00am PDT
. a drug under development is added, and a few days later changes in its character are measured. red shows the change of drug in the liver. researchers carry out extensive tests with varying levels of the drug. liver cells derived from ips cells allow large-scale tests at equal quality. as new drugs are developed from ips cells, hopes are high for progress with alzheimer's. two neurons are said to be important to finding the cure to the disease. by implanting the genes that cause alzheimer's into ips cells, the company was able to mass produce one of the neurons last year. and with good prospects for production, they say that the other neuron will be commercialized soon. when the two neurons become ready for use, the study of alzheimer's cures may see rapid progress. >> translator: until now, there's been no model to search for sure. we've made a ground breaking cure to develop new drugs. >> there's a possibility that ips cell will significantly change the state of new development. that's good news for people suffering from various diseases. >>> fatal hailstorms have pelted china's inland
KCSMMHZ
Mar 5, 2013 6:00am PST
premier. as part of our special series "china change and challenge," james tengan is reporting from beijing. james, in addition to these political appointments, delegates are also discussing a range of issues, one made international headlines has been the air pollution. what's the air been like since you arrived? >> reporter: well, it's only my third day here, gene, but i've already seen a huge contrast in the air quality. on monday the sky was blue and the air seemed clean but this morning it was hazy and i could actually taste the pollution. you know, this is one of the most visible side effects of china's rapid development over the past 30 years. a leading chinese specialist in respiratory diseases said last month the air pollution here is more dangerous than sars because nobody can escape it. smothered in soot, a thick haze engulfed beijing just days before the opening of china's most important annual political meetings. swirling around the smog are fine particles called pm2.5. chinese weather officials warned last week that levels of the hazardous pollutants were 10 to 20 times
KCSMMHZ
Mar 6, 2013 6:00am PST
range of issues, and so are we in our special series "china, change and challenge." james tengan is leading our coverage from beijing. james, premier wen jiabao spoke tuesday about issues they have to tackle. how did npc members react? >> reporter: hi, gene. members of the congress got straight to work. they divided into subcommittees to talk about the issues premier wen brought up in his speech. the men expected to control china after next week also took part in the discussions. communist party chief xi jinping joined representatives from shanghai. he said courage is needed to deepen reforms so the country can develop. he admitted that wouldn't be easy and described the process as being like gnawing at hard bone and waiting at a dangerous shoal. he also stressed the importance of technology. he said the process will not be easy. he stressed the importance of innovation and technology in china's future development. the vice premier met with officials discussing shortening the gap between rich and poor. he said developing rural and urban areas is key to improving people's life and
KCSMMHZ
Mar 28, 2013 6:00am PDT
, ovarian or prostate cancer. they say certain genetic changes common in cancer patients are not seen in cancer-free individuals. they found 41 mutations characteristic of breast cancer, 23 genetic signatures of prostate cancer and two variations for ovarian cancer. sever science magazines have published the findings. the researchers say the genetic changes don't necessarily trigger cancer. but they believe each variation increases the risk. they say the study doubled the number of known genetic variants connected to cancer. and that's raising hopes for better screening for the disease. >>> health authorities in japan are struggling with an epidemic that's usually not seen in developed nations. the rubella virus is spreading. it causes a skin rash and fever. which usually goes away in a week. but if it's transmitted to pregnant women, their babies could be born with health problems. nhk world explains why this outbreak is happening now. >> reporter: facing the consequences of not getting a rubella vaccination. she caught the disease while pregnant. her daughter was born last fall with
KCSMMHZ
Mar 4, 2013 6:00am PST
in our special series, "china, change and challenge." we report from near the great hall of the people in beijing. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the national people's congress met reporters one day before its opening on tuesday. but she did not announce the country's annual defense budget. that's usually done the day before the congress. >> translator: the defense budget will be announced after discussion and approval by the national people's congress. strengthening of national defense is to protect the nation's safety and peace. not to pose a threat to other countries. >> reporter: china's defense budget has grown by double digits nearly every year for over two decades. monday's announcement drew close attention, observers say china left out the budget that the country's military buildup threatened the international community. the annual congress brings together about 3,000 people, provincial leaders, legal officials and military observers gather to hear speeches and to cast votes. they will discuss policies and problems the country needs to tackle in the coming year. ♪ the congre
KCSMMHZ
Mar 29, 2013 6:00am PDT
. >>> the territorial disput >>> the operators of fukushima daiichi are changing how they operate. they will make safety and disaster preparedness their top priorities. tepco officials say they should not have blaminged the accident on natural causes because the tsunami was difficult to predict. they go on to say the meltdowns had been preventable if they had been better prepared for the event. they say they need to be better focused on safety. >> . >>> nuclear experts have spent the past couple years trying to understand exactly what went wrong at fukushima daiichi. the march 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggers melt downs in three reactors. we look at how crews on sight used fire engines to keep one reactor school, and why this failed. >> workers faced a station blackout on march 11, 2011. a loss of all back up power. reactor one was the first unit to melt down. reactors three and two followed. during our investigation, we learned that before the melt down in reactor three, a battery continued to power the units emergency cooling system. engineers tried different ways to pump water into the unit befor
KCSMMHZ
Mar 11, 2013 6:00am PDT
been trying to change public perception. the local government is taking the lead. the governor himself visited seoul last may in order to tell tourism officials and businesses that radiation levels are safe. south koreans used to make up over 40,000 visitors to fukushima each year. that's half of all international tourists. but the number dropped to 2,000 after the disaster. the only airline offering regular flights between seoul and fukushima temporarily suspended its route. a ski resort, nearly 100 kilometers away from the stricken nuclear plant, hosted the world cup last month. it was the first such congress there in three years. local officials hope it will help promote the area's safety. >> translator: seeing is believing. we hope the tourists will talk about what they experienced he they go back to their country. that will gradually and steadily dispel negatives about fukushima. >> reporter: just before the competition, local officials offered bargain price tours by chartering flights. the south koreans took one of the charter flights last month they paid about $400 for their tri
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Mar 13, 2013 6:00am PDT
will be stable down the road. before they change their approach to pay. nhk world, tokyo. >>> negotiators for a free trade deal under the transpacific partnership noted progress in their talks and aim to conclude them by the end of this year. they mentioned in japan joins, its participation should not delay the negotiations. japan's prime minister shinzo abe could announce on friday this country's intention to join the tpp talks. delegates from 11 pacific rim countries including the united states and australia wrapped up their 16th round of working level talks in singapore on wednesday. >> the negotiating teams made sol progress in bridging gaps in a number of areas. >> while refraining from revealing details, she said some challenging areas remain, including intellectual property and environmental issues. on the possibility of japan joining talks, the singaporean representative said member nations hope that new participating nations will keep up the good momentum which has been created throughout the negotiations. the next working level discussions are scheduled for may in peru. >>> russ
KCSMMHZ
Mar 25, 2013 6:00am PDT
lost to a computer. but that could well change with a competition under way now. nhk world reports. >> reporter: shogi players face an endless amount of choices on every move. the game has turned to the tenth power more patterns than chess. shogi shares the same roots as chess. they both come from an indian game that arose in the sixth century. the biggest difference between shogi and other variants is the drop rule. captured pieces can be returned to the board to be reused as one's own. some of the game's top players are testing their abilities against computers. he is just 18 years old. he lined up against a developer. and his program. amateur developers such as takiushi and professionals from universities and corporations have been fine-tuning their software. they compete in annual world championships. the top five developers got to enter their software in this competition. takeushi and others sat down in the morning. his computer checked more than 10 million moves per second. hour after hour. gradually, he gained the upper hand. finally, after more than eight hours, the machine
KCSMMHZ
Mar 26, 2013 6:00am PDT
to launch the bid could change the lists on the stock exchange. they say their kpaer's corporco corporate value could be hurt. the holding president told a news conference that they lack mid and long-term visions in making proposals and demands. he said he wants to call on s u serbus for talks. here are the latest market figures. >>> as thailand's economy continues it's impressive growth, so too does it's citizens spending pour. eager to capitalize on that newfound high disposable income, more overseas companies are looking to the country for expansion. nhk world looks at the new demand, and how it plays out in the world of thai tv shopping. >> reporter: the south korean tv shopping companies launched a channel in thailand last fall. >> translator: this product spares you the trouble of doing deep cleaning. >> translator: today we'll show you an incredible south korean vacuum cleaner. >> reporter: the expansion to seven countries, including china, india and vietnam. tackling emerging economies. sales are building every year. over 200 inquiries flow in every day. that's more than dowel th
KCSMMHZ
Mar 27, 2013 6:00am PDT
the decision. north korean authorities have made a spring of threats in recent days. if they change their attitude, they will be rewarded with humanitarian aide. they say the president wants to build trust by promoting dialogue and aid. he says if pak puts her principles to action, he'll pledge his support. mplts state television in china released video of a partially burned fishing boat, a chinese vessel allegedly attacks in waters near a group of disputed islands. chinese officials accuse the vietnamese of fabricating the incident. broadcaster vtv showed what it called the charred remains of the ship's cabin. the crew was unharmed. vietnamese government authorities say the dispute happened about a week ago near the parasol islands in the south china sea. they say five shots were fired at the boat causing the cabin to quote fire. a navy official says "the chinese crew fired two warning flares into the air. they never hit the boat." this comes ahead of a summit of asean nations in april. they're expected to discuss the territorial disputes in the south china sea. other asean members
KCSMMHZ
Mar 20, 2013 6:00am PDT
'm going back to my school. i want to learn how to bring change in this world and how should i work for the happiness and for the education of the girls. >> malala was airlifted from pakistan to britain a week after she was shot. doctors in birmingham performed several surgeries to repair her skull. malala and her family remained in the uk so she could undergo rehabilitation. >>> kim jong-un holds all the top posts in north korea. leader of the ruling party, the military, and the stage. he's now reported to have a new title, dad. sources say he's now the father of a baby girl. one source learned about the birth from an official from the ruling korean workers party. former u.s. basketball player dennis rodman made a controversial visit to pyongyang last month. he told britain's sun newspaper that kim's wife talked about her newborn daughter, at a banquet. rumors began to circulate late last year that ri sol ju was expecting. she is reported to have given birth in january. observers say she must have, as she looks slimmer in recent pictures. >>> one of the late princess diana's most f
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